chapter  16
A Ballad on Mr. J.H. to Amoret, asking why I was so sad.
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I My Amoret, since you must know, The Grief you say my Eyes do show: Survey my Heart, where you shall find, More Love then for your self confin’d. 5 And though you chide, you’l Pity too, A Passion which even Rivals you. Amyntas on a Holy-day As fine as any Lord of May, Amongst the Nimphs, and jolly Swaines, 10 That feed their Flocks upon the Plaines: Met in a Grove beneath whose shade, A Match of Dancing they had made. His Cassock was of Green, as trim As Grass upon a River brim; 15 Untoucht or sullied with a spot, Unprest by either Lamb or Goat: And with the Air it loosely play’d, With every motion that he made. His Sleeves a-many Ribbons ties, 20 Where one might read Love-Mysteries: As if that way he wou’d impart, To all, the Sentiments of his Heart, Whose Passions by those Colours known, He with a Charming Pride wou’d own. 25 His Bonnet with the same was Ti’d, A Silver Scrip hung by his Side: His Buskins garnisht A-la-mode, Were grac’d by every step he Trod; Like Panna, Majesty he took, 30 And like Apollo when he spoke. His Hook a Wreath of Flowers Braid, The Present of some Love-sick Maid. Who all the morning had bestow’d, And to her Fancy now compos’d: 35 Which fresher seem’d when near that place, To whom the Giver Captive was. His Eyes their best Attracts put on, Designing some should be undone; For he could at his pleasure move, 40 The Nymphs he lik’d to fall in Love: Yet so he order’d every Glance, That still they seem’d but Wounds of Chance. He well cou’d feign an Innocence, And taught his Silence Eloquence; 45 Each Smile he us’d, had got the force, To Conquer more than soft Discourse: Which when it serv’d his Ends he’d use, And subtilly thro’ a heart infuse. His Wit was such it cou’d controul 50 The Resolutions of a Soul; That a Religious Vow had made, By Love it nere wou’d be betra’d: 46 For when he spoke he well cou’d prove Their Errors who dispute with Love. 55 With all these Charms he did Address Himself to every Shepherdess: Until the Bag-pipes which did play, Began the Bus’ness of the day; And in the taking forth to Dance, 60 The Lovely Swain became my Chance. To whom much Passion he did Vow, And much his Eyes and Sighs did show; And both imploy’d with so much Art, I strove in vain to guard my Heart; 65 And ere the Night our Revels crost, I was intirely won and lost. Let me advise thee, Amoret, Fly from the Baits that he has set In every grace; which will betray 70 All Beauties that but look that way: But thou hast Charms that will secure A Captive in this Conquerour.